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For Some, Memorial Day is a 24/7/365 Event — (TAPS)

Every so often, I am able to take the time to tell our readers about a worthwhile charity or organization we can all get behind with our support. This Memorial Day is no different. Although the Veterans Administration is embroiled in scandal right now, let’s not forget about the good things it does. While we may all be disappointed with the V.A.’s recent actions, let’s remember it is not about the organization. Rather, it’s what the people, and this post, is about—the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the children of fallen heroes.

Unknown Soldier Grave

Memorial Day — Carrying the Torch

Memorial Day – a day set aside to commemorate the brave hearts that laid down their lives for our nation. A day to remember that freedom isn’t really free and the rights we enjoy were paid—and continue to be paid for—with American blood. It is a day to remember those who hover as a cloud of witnesses above.

Government Destroying Surplus Ammo

We have all felt the pinch of the ammo crunch and there has not been any shortage of stories about the government gobbling up supply. Suddenly it seems the government has too much ammo! In fact, the Pentagon estimates it has about $1.2 billion worth of ammo that it has slated for destruction.

Gun Purchase Background Check

New Budget Proposes Almost $1.5 Billion to Protect You from Gun Violence

President Obama wants to protect you from gun violence.

Just reading that, you know this cannot be good. In his latest budget request, Obama requested $1.1 billion for gun control and “to protect Americans from gun violence.” But the assault on our Second Amendment rights will not stop there. Adding fuel to the gun control fire, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked for an additional 382.1 million for gun control.

Salesman showing sub compact pistol at Pekin Gun and Sporting Goods

Illinois Concealed Carry Law

It took until July of 2013, but my home state of Illinois became the last state in the Union to enact a concealed carry law. Illinois was last for a reason, and both sides offered plenty of rhetoric. The Antis claimed the law would paramount to the Wild West; the streets would lawless and gun fights rampant. A friendly punch to the snot locker would instead lead to murder conviction because everyone would be packing heat.

Disgraced California Senator Leland Yee

Gun Running, Corruption, Murder-for-Hire… California Lawmaker?

Stop me if you have heard this one before, “A leading Democrat makes a career from crusading against guns and the Second Amendment only to be accused of moral turpitude and gun crimes.” They preach against you and me owning guns, claim they have the moral high ground to legislate and restrict our Second Amendment rights and all the while are wearing hypocrisy on their sleeves. California State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was recently arrested for gun running among a laundry list of other major crimes.

Chalk One Up for the Good Guys! Defending the Second Amendment

We get plenty of bad news when it comes to legal battles and regulations regarding our Second Amendment rights. Fortunately, there are several organizations fighting to retain our rights and reverse the efforts of over-zealous anti-gun lawmakers. This is the first installment and recaps pro Second Amendment wins and challenges from the previous month.

Diamondback DB9, Baofeng radio, paracord braclet and pocket knife

What is Your Emergency Communications Strategy?

A few months ago, I was chatting with my boss when, out of the blue, he asked if I ever had considered getting my amateur radio (ham) operator’s license. It never really had crossed my mind. My parents were into CB (Citizen’s Band radio) when I was a kid, and I certainly had spent time on radios in the Navy, but it really did not seem like a hobby I needed. The truth be told, I am busy enough without another hobby.

Start up New York logo with Navy Blue and Yellow

New York’s Gun Grabbers Lose as Remington Sends Jobs to Alabama

State lawmakers will one day learn there are consequences to their actions. Unfortunately, it is more often the people governed than the lawmakers who receive the brunt of the repercussions from poor lawmaking. Over the last month or so, New York launched a new campaign—Start Up NY—touting a business-friendly attitude by promising a 10-year tax holiday for any business that starts, relocates or expands in New York. During this same time, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer, Governor Cuomo and others have made every effort to show exactly why businesses should not trust the Excelsior state (Ever Upward). Tax free? Maybe. Needlessly over regulated? Most definitely.

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SHOT 2014 —Tac-Con 3MR

One of the big takeaways from the 2014 SHOT Show was the new trigger system from Tac-Con. The Tac-Con 3MR trigger system is a drop-in trigger pack for AR-15s. Essentially, it adds a third position to the selector switch. In military speak, the third position would be the “happy” position. Civilians would more commonly refer to the third position as full auto. To be clear, the Tac-Con 3MR does not convert a semi-auto to full auto, but I am getting ahead of myself.

Colt_LE6920MP AR-15 rifle with brown Magpul furniture

SHOT 2014 — Colt’s LE6920MP-B — Your Next Must Have AR-15!

I know many of you love the M4; many have trusted their lives to the marvelous Colt, either here in the states or abroad. Why? Simple: It is reliable, effective and proven. Colt’s reliability and performance have been the cornerstone on which the Armed Forces has relied to successfully complete many missions around the world—and every serious shooting enthusiast should have at least one.

Sightmark Photon Digital Night vision riflescope

2014 SHOT – The Sightmark Photon 5×42 Digital Night Vision Riflescope

We have all heard it before. The promise of all the features you want in one package. Occasionally the manufacturer actually comes through with the claim, but the sticker shock is nausea inducing to say the least. When setting up a new varmint rifle, I want a decent quality optic with plenty of adjustability. I would love to have night vision and the capability to video my shot or the hunt. These features are not new, but I do not have $10K to $15K to drop on a piece of glass, regardless of the features and quality.